Fly High Zindell

Hi, my name is Zalayna Brown Grant. I am the older sister of Zindell Brown who was among the 4 Americans who were kidnapped and later found in Mexico. We just received information from the FBI that Zindell passed away.

On March 3, 2023, my brother and three other friends entered Matamoros, Mexico. My brother went as support for his friend Latavia McGee who was going to get surgery in Mexico. Shortly after entering Mexico from Brownsville, Texas, their vehicle was caught up in the crossfire of two different cartels at war. After what appears to have been a car accident, the 4 Americans were then loaded onto the back of a white GMC pickup truck and taken away. Our family waited for any news about my brother's return, but he won't be coming home alive.

My family is trying to raise funds for the final expenses of my brother Zindell Brown. We are still working with the authorities to understand when Zindell's body will be released and sent to us here in South Carolina. From there, we were told that we may have to pay for a second autopsy ourselves (it remains unclear at this time and the situation and information we receive is changing, and we will keep donors updated). Lastly, our family anticipates that there may be legal issues following this incident. We are navigating this one day at a time. In all, we are not prepared for all of the unexpected costs due to this sudden tragedy.

Zindell was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. We hope to give him the final goodbye that he deserves. Our family is grieving and we appreciate any prayers and support from the community during this time.

Thank you,

Family of Zindell Brown


Zalayna Grant
Lake City, SC

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